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Asian Visitor Numbers Strong in October

Date Published: 22 November 2010

Total visitor numbers in October were 1.3 per cent lower than last year but arrivals for the full year remain ahead by 3.1 per cent thanks to strong growth from Asia.

The October drop in arrivals was primarily caused by a 7.4 per cent fall in visitors from Australia, which contributed 6,476 fewer visitors in October 2010 than in the same month last year.

Total arrivals from Australia in the year to October remain positive, up 5.1 per cent compared to the year to October 2009.

Tourism New Zealand Chief Executive Kevin Bowler said marketing efforts in South Korea and China had contributed to a continued increase in visitors from the two key Asian markets during October.
 
South Korean visitors numbered 5,425 in October, an increase of 37.9 per cent, or 1,492 visitors, compared to October 2009. Visitor numbers from China were also strong, increasing by 13.3 per cent (1,014 people), to 8,650 arrivals.

"Tourism New Zealand has launched a number of campaigns in South Korea and China this year to capitalise on the Asia region's strong economy and Asian travellers' increased interest in coming to New Zealand," Kevin Bowler said.

"South Korean and Chinese visitor numbers are bouncing back after a sharp drop following the financial crisis and H1N1 in 2009. The Korean and Chinese economies are steadily improving and confidence is returning which is leading to growth in outbound travel again."

In Korea, Tourism New Zealand's marketing efforts include a promotion with Hyecho Travel, to encourage campervan tours of New Zealand, and partnerships with quality-focussed Korean travel agents Segyero Tours and Wanna Tour.

Korean Air also launched a multi-million dollar campaign promoting New Zealand in October.

Tourism New Zealand's efforts in China had also been stepped up, Kevin Bowler said.  "We've invested heavily in advertising with many of China's best known media outlets and launched innovative campaigns to drive New Zealand to the top of Chinese travellers shopping lists."

The 'Experience New Zealand Right Now' campaign featuring Chinese media personalities Lu Chuan and Hung Huang won a Bronze Award for effective marketing at the recent Chinese Effie Awards.

International Visitor Arrivals October 2010:

 

Country

Arrivals for Oct

Change from Oct 2009

Arrivals full year to Oct

Change for full year to Oct

Australia

81,200

-7.4%

1,115,285

+5.1%

USA

13,350

-4.5%

191,520

-3.0%

UK

14,850

-10.7%

241,252

-6.6%

China

8,650

+13.3%

116,410

+10.9%

Japan

6,175

+1.7%

87,976

+11.3%

South Korea

5,425

+37.9%

65,289

+23.0%

Germany

5,500

+3.5%

65,292

+2.3%

Canada

3,700

+14.1%

48,954

-0.9%